Coleus bojeri Benth.

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Coleus bojeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

Coleus bojeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

Coleus bojeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

Coleus bojeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Coleus latifolius Hochst. ex Benth.
Plectranthus bojeri (Benth.) Hedge
Solenostemon latifolius (Hochst. ex Benth.) J.K. Morton
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or ascending annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 1 m tall, sometimes taller. Stems 4-angled, sometimes rooting at the lower nodes, variously hairy and often with red sessile glands. Leaves opposite, ovate-rhombic, up to 12 cm long, sometimes purple-tinged, pubescent and with scattered red sessile glands, margin more or less deeply crenate-serrate; petiole up to 6.5 mm long. Inflorescence usually lax with many, more or less widely separated, 10-30-flowered verticils. Corolla blue to deep purple, often with reddish sessile glands,2-lipped; upper lip erect, shorter than lower lip; lower lip boar-shaped, often hiding the stamens. Nutlets ovoid, c. 1 mm long, brown, speckled reddish.
Derivation of specific name: bojeri: after Wenceslas Bojer (1795/1797-1856), Czech naturalist, horticulturist and botanist at the Imperial Museum at Vienna who collected extensively in Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoro Islands and on the East coast of Africa.
Habitat: Occurring in grassland, woodland, open rocky areas, clearings in forest and disturbed places.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and southern Africa and Madagascar
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 8 February 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52. As Solenostemon latifolius

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33. As Solenostemon latifolius

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 57. As Solenostemon latifolius

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 266 - 268. as Plectranthus bojeri

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 114. as Solenostemon latifolius

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93. as Plectranthus bojeri

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Coleus bojeri., retrieved 12 April 2024

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